Audi’s Le Mans Test Day was a uccess, with the automaker’s Audi Sport Team Joest setting the third, fifth and sixth fastest times of the day. The eight-hour practice session was plagued with inclement weather, which rolled in and out as the two separate four hour sessions ran, allowing teams to practice a variety of setups and tires prior to the start of the year’s most important endurance race.
Engineers and drivers for Audi concentrated on putting the finishing touches on their setups for the start of the race, which is scheduled for June 13 and 14. Audi says work was “centered on settings for kinematics, dampers and aerodynamics,” and a testing various types of tires. The team was also able to work out a “solid” dry weather setup before the rain rolled in.
“Obviously, something like this is less than perfect but we knew the weather forecast and these conditions can of course be relevant for the race,” said Audi motorsport boss Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Still, we can be satisfied with our work because our R18 e-tron quattro cars were running impeccably.”